While cycling through Australia, Josh’s passport managed to endure some damage. And while passports can acceptably sustain nicks and scuffs and even tears at times, the damage we’re talking about rendered his travel document unusable. You see, in order to make life easier he decided to carry the document in a pocket, rather than tucked away with the rest of his belongings, for the many times he is asked to present it. And although it was safely sealed, the enemy, moisture, still found a way to sneak inside and wreak havoc. And in the worst possible place, nevertheless.
By this time Josh had completed half of the Australian leg of his cycle. And in two weeks time he was scheduled to depart en route to the U.S, where his round the world journey was set to conclude. But that moisture suddenly put a wrench in those immediate plans, and more impressively jeopardized the fulfilment of the entire cycle. The U.S. is well known for their strict and stringent immigration policies. As a U.K. Citizen, Josh was able to fill out information online which preapproved his U.S. arrival and waived the need for him to apply for a travel visa. However, that preapproval is only given in conjunction with a valid passport, and since Josh’s photo, arguably the most crucial element, was smudged, Josh could not longer prove to the Americans his identity. And that, my friends, voided his entry preapproval.
But hope arrived in the form of an emergency passport. Josh learned he could obtain one in order to depart Australia on time which gave him the boost he needed to combat the defeat he was feeling. If he were to apply for a traditional replacement passport, the 4-6 week wait would not only leave him biding time and eating into his resources but it would also cause him to miss the Christmas Day goal of completing his global adventure; a commitment he made to himself and Elixinol. So, with the existence of an emergency passport, suddenly things were looking up! That is, until he realised his preapproved U.S. entry was also voided under these circumstances.
Understandably, our CBD Ambassador felt as though he had cycled right into a brick wall. And especially so since he had always dreamed of going to America. But never a quitter, Josh focused his energy and met his frustration with formulating a Plan B. If an emergency passport would not allow for entry to the U.S., a logical secondary choice would be to cover the North American leg of the cycle by traversing Canada instead. Surely there’s something to gain from knowing they’re considered America’s friendly neighbours to the north.
So, Josh got busy researching a new route and planning for a change of scenery. And rather than indulging negativity, he practiced considerable acceptance and even excitement about the sudden change. This resilience wasn’t born of nothing. Following the divine message he received on his arrival to Australia, Josh now knows that there is a reason for the change of direction. So rather than choosing to feel angry that he’s not in control of the situation, that things aren’t unfolding as he might have expected, he’s choosing to nobly accept it without resistance. And doing this allows him to face the next challenge- the REAL challenge- with the right attitude.
And what is Josh’s real challenge? It is to cycle around the world, not to become distracted by the details of it. Because the small things always have a way of working themselves out when you give the larger picture the right energy and attention it deserves. Josh knows that everything that has happened in his life- good, bad, happy, sad, positive, negative, high, low- has lead to something amazing. He understands there is a reason for Canada over America and he is looking forward to the future so that the anticipated reason might be revealed.